Tolle Lege Retreat | Athanasius on the Incarnation

Event details

  • Saturday | November 6, 2021 to Sunday | November 7, 2021
  • All Day
  • Saint Louis Abbey, 500 S Mason Rd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Featuring Seminar Leader:

Michael Pakaluk, Ph.D. (Catholic University of America)


November 6-7, 2021 | Saint Louis Abbey, Saint Louis, MO




The November Tolle Lege Retreat is an intellectual and contemplative monastic retreat for men. The aim of the retreat is to grow spiritually and intellectually through participation in the monastic life including Mass, prayers, study, meals, recreation and seminar discussions. The retreat will feature seminar discussions on De Incarnatione of St Athanasius led by Professor Michael Pakaluk of Catholic University of America. The retreat will take place at Saint Louis Abbey, Missouri.

Athanasius, On the Incarnation: Internet Archive Digital (St Vladimir’s Seminary Press: $17.00)



Friday (Early arrivals welcome)
6:15PM: Latin Vespers followed by Dinner
7:30PM: Compline


8:00-8:30AM: Arrival and Check-in
8:15AM: Lauds in the Monastery Church
8:45AM: Mass in the Monastery Church
10:00AM: Light Buffet
10:30AM: Seminar 1
11:30AM: Break
11:45PM: Sext in the Abbey Church
12:15PM: Lunch
1:30PM: Seminar 2
2:30PM: Break – Confessions/Spiritual Direction Available
3:00PM: Spiritual Conference
4:00PM: Afternoon Leisure
6:15PM: Latin Vespers in the Abbey Church
6:45PM: Dinner with Monastic Community
7:15PM: Recreation with the Monastic Community/Private Compline
10:00PM: Grand Silence


6:10AM: Vigils
7:00AM: Breakfast in Refectory
8:15AM: Lauds
9:00AM: Mass
10:15AM: Seminar 3
11:15AM: Break
11:30AM: Spiritual Conference
12:30PM: Concluding Lunch

*Itinerary subject to change. Check back for updates.


The cost of the retreat is $150.00. Scholarships are available: contact Jordan Saiz at for more information.



MICHAEL PAKALUK, Ph.D., is a professor of ethics and social philosophy in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Harvard and studied as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Edinburgh. An expert in ancient philosophy, he has published widely on Aristotelian ethics and the philosophy of friendship and done groundbreaking work in business ethics. His previous books include Other Selves: Philosophers on FriendshipThe Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God, and The Memoirs of St. Peter: A New Translation of the Gospel according to Mark. He lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, with his wife, Catherine Pakaluk, a professor of economics, and their eight children.